Barber Gives Out Free Haircuts to Kids That Read To Him

posted: 08/19/15
by: TLCme
Dubuque Black Men Coalition

School is almost in session, which means tons of kids are about to get their pre-school, post-summer haircuts. One barber in Iowa devised a clever way to make the haircut session as positive as possible.

Courtney Holmes, of Dubuque, Iowa, offered kids free hair cuts if they read books to him while he cut. A pretty simple proposition, no?

"I just want to support kids reading," Holmes told the Des Moines Register.

For kids who were still struggling with their reading skills, Caitlin Daniels, a reading coordinator with the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, was there to help.

Holmes' read-a-thon was part of a larger day -- the town's Back to School Bash, where hundreds of books were given out. Many of them were actually read to Holmes while he cut hair.

As for the kids? Holmes says they loved it. "They were excited. They wanted a haircut and they didn't have a problem reading to me," Holmes told Today.com. "And the parents -- they liked what I was doing. They, of course, wanted their kids' hair cut, but they also liked that we were having them read."